Welcome back to The Dan Cave, everyone! You look great today. Is that a new sweater?
Much like you, I have the sweet strains of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” permanently burned into my brain after seeing James Gunn’s cosmic action-comedy Guardians of the Galaxy. While I really, really loved the film and speaking to the cast all about it, I couldn’t help but find myself wondering how Marvel wound up taking such a little-known comic book franchise to the big screen before so many others in their canon. Another Comic-Con came and went without any mention of a major superhero film lead by a woman, a person of color, or, hell, one that isn’t a sequel. This week, Kevin Feige made waves with his unfortunately worded interview with Comic Book Resources about how he “hopes” that Marvel will be able to make a female-led superhero film:
“I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very much believe that it’s unfair to say, ‘People don’t want to see movies with female heroes,’ then list five movies that were not very good, therefore, people didn’t go to the movies because they weren’t good movies, versus [because] they were female leads. And they don’t mention ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Divergent.’ You can go back to ‘Kill Bill’ or ‘Aliens.’ These are all female-led movies. It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”
Sounds all well and good, right? There’s always a but though:
“But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have — which is a very, very good thing and we don’t take for granted, but is a challenging thing. You may notice from those release dates, we have three for 2017. And that’s because just the timing worked on what was sort of gearing up. But it does mean you have to put one franchise on hold for three or four years in order to introduce a new one? I don’t know. Those are the kinds of chess matches we’re playing right now.”
Previously, Marvel had been celebrated for taking a risk on a lesser-known franchise like Guardians of the Galaxy:
DC/WB is all like “Wonder Woman’s too confusing for a movie!” and Marvel/Disney is all like “Here’s a raccoon with a machine gun”
— Brett White (@brettwhite) August 12, 2013
Now it’s time to put the House of Ideas under the microscope and wonder why they haven’t gone further. So, today we’re going to answer the question of which should Marvel have made before Guardians of the Galaxy?
Which Marvel superhero do you think deserves their own film? Do you think these films would have worked in a pre-Guardians era? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.
Want even more The Dan Cave? Well, that’s kind of you to say. Be sure to check out last week’s episode in which we try to answer the age-old question of “Is Legendary creating a shared universe for its monster movies?”